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ON BEHALF OF THE CARTER G. WOODSON COMMITTEE, WE ARE SAD TO ANNOUNCE THAT THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

 

 

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21st Annual African, African-American Cultural Arts and Music Festival
May 23-24, 2008

WHAT IS THE MEANING OF KUUMBA?
Purpose Statement

The word Kuumba means Creativity, and with that, Kuumba celebrates creativity, pride, tradition and culture of the African / African-American experience.

 

JACKSONVILLE - The Carter G. Woodson Committee for Positive Education of Jacksonville, Inc. (CGWC) is kicking off its 22nd Annual Kuumba Festival of Florida on Saturday, August 28th, 2010 in the historic African American district of Lavilla.

Festivities will be located directly across from the Lavilla School of the Arts, 500 N. Davis Street, adjacent to downtown Jacksonville, Springfield, and Riverside. The multicultural event is scheduled to start promptly at 11:00am to 8:00pm as thousands celebrate a family fun day of cultural and educational activities.

The Kuumba Festival is a free public event, celebrated in other cities throughout the east coast region of the United States as an event where educators, artists, musicians, and orators share and learn authentic music, ancient wisdom, cultural motifs, and the rich tradition of African and African-American, and Caribbean people of the Diaspora. (click below to play video recorded at Fort Mose in Feb. 2010)

 

In the past, the Festival has been supported locally by the City of Jacksonville, the Tourist Development Council, Florida Humanities, Visit Florida, private donors, and corporate sponsors. Statewide, Kuumba is recognized as the First Coast oldest running cultural music and arts festival. The event remains a critical component to the sustenance of the Carter G. Woodson legacy, “The Father of Black History, Research, and Education in America”. Thus, the impetus of the organization’s name maintains the historical contributions to the American Dream for people of color.

Join the Kuumba Festival of Florida on August 28th as thousands visit our beloved city of Jacksonville for a family fun day of cultural and educational workshops, free health services, special guests lectures, a historic tour and an urban debate demonstration by the “Great Debaters” of the Duval Urban Debate League. For details about vendor space, sponsorships, or volunteer opportunities you may register online at www.kuumbafestivalfl.org, call l 888-477-0565, or email at info@kuumbafestivalfl.org.

 

The CGWC, a 501©3 non-profit organization, has maintained quality leadership and board governance responsible for various initiatives to service local residents of Duval County. Since the late 1980s, CGWC has focused on grassroots advocacy for education reform and social change throughout Duval County.

Kuumba Festival - August 28, 2010
Kuumba Kids

FEEL THE KUUMBA SPIRIT!
(CLICK TO LISTEN)

 

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See YOU at KUUMBA!

A very special thanks you to previous sponsors:

  • THE MCGOWAN SPINAL AND REHABILITATION CLINIC
  • BUSTER'S GRILLERS AND ICE CREAM
  • DANTZLER'S AUDIO PRODUCTION & SERVICES
  • CHURCH'S CHICKEN
  • ARLINGTON TOYOTA
  • PRUDENTIAL INSURANCE
  • COCA COLA
  • BLACKSONVILLE COMMUNITY NETWORK

WORLD UNITY JAZZ ENSEMBLE
2010 Kuumba Festival Headliner>

Toscha Comeaux LIVE at the Kuumba Festival! WORLD UNITY JAZZ ENSEMBLE visits Jacksonville to perform live at the 2010 Kuumba Festival of Florida!

World Unity is an internationally recognized music group that has provided electrifying performances at various upscale venues, including the Ritz-Carlton at Amelia Island, Fl and Sea Island Resort Hotels of Georgia, the Ritz-Carlton Hotels in China and Japan. You don't want to miss this unique ensemble. Their original material is flavored with melodies and soul stirring sounds of Asia, Africa, Brazil and a spice of the Blues.  Most of their songs are about people, places and issues infused with traditional themes.  The group is led by Mr. Phil Morrison and Keith, often work as a Duo, though they will be accompanied by female vocalists, drummers, and other musicians. They were the only natives of America selected to write a song for the 2008 Olympics  in Beijing, China. The World Unity Jazz Ensemble is scheduled to perform December 15-20, 2015  at the “One World Music Festival” in Tucson, Arizona.

World Jazz Ensemble at the Kuumba Festival of Florida

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